The Handweavers, Spinners and Dyers Guild of Tasmania aims to bring together everyone who practises textile and fibre crafts for their mutual benefit, for the advancement of their crafts and discussions, demonstrations and exhibition. Note that the Guild rooms in Battery Point, Hobart, are open to all members to meet and network on each Thursday and the 2nd Saturday, 10 am to 1pm.

We have a healthy membership of about 360 crafty folk. Join us... Membership Form

Header pic - electron microscope view of Pyridine

Bits & Pieces... 

check the Event Listing for future happenings and the Blog Pages for recent news  

* Bicheno Blog update: See here for update on this year's event.

* President's Precis: May update for you. All communications from the President available HERE.

* New Group: A new group has begun in Queenstown, meeting 1st Saturday of the month, welcome Queenie!

* 2018 Winter School: Three fabulous workshops on offer over the period June 28th thru to July 1st. See the workshops page for the list, or download this pamphlet.

* Congratulations and a big Thank You to all the Guild members who volunteered for the current committee.

* A message from your Librarian: Feb 2018

Missing: All 3 copies of the "Ashford Book of Handcarding". One of our Guild members was asking for information about using handcarders. This title is the perfect book to recommend, but to our dismay, all three copies are missing from the library, and they are not checked out by anyone. If you have inadvertantly removed a copy (or three) of this book without completing the borrowing card I would be very pleased if it/they could be returned as soon as possible. Our library borrowing system relies on the honesty of all Guild members, to record your name and borrowing date on the card, and to place that card in the wooden tray.

* Certificate of Competency in Hand Spinning: Interested? Check out the blog.

* Group meetings: If your group has had a change of venue, or contact point, please inform the web elf & the newsletter editor.

* Our 3rd publication: The Weaving Patterns of Edward Hussey, by Mary Williams. See the blog. Order the Book :)

* What Group Meets when?: Printable Calendar or a Table of Info

* Library: Have you checked out the latest additions to the library?

* Website change: Blogs about Workshops are now on a page under Workshops.

* Island Yarn Deadlines: 

Autumn edition end of 1st week in February; Winter edition end of 1st week in May; Spring edition end of 1st week in August; Summer edition end of 1st week in November.

* Advertising in Island Yarns: 

Members may advertise up to Two Lines (approx 30 words), for Free. Other prices: Up to 5 lines of text, no picture is $10. Up to half a page, with picture(s) is $40. Full page with picture(s) is $75. Payment must be made to the Treasurer in full before the advert will appear in the next issue of Island Yarns newsletter. Island Yarns is printed and mailed to every member quarterly. Contact the editor.

* Library News: Browse the Guild library online. This is not a loan facility but it does let you know what the Guild has in the way of brilliant library resources. The weird, the wonderful, the old, the new. Check it out 

* Do potential members ask you "Why should I join the Guild?". Here are some reasons why.

* Have you got a project of which you are especially proud? Share it with us and your fellow fibre artists, send a picture and some information to the Newsletter editor and to the Web elf.

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